The Business and Industry Political Education Committee (BIPEC) has named Joel Carter as “Best for Business & Jobs” in an upcoming Special Election for the Mississippi Senate. Carter is running for Senate District 49 which includes parts of Harrison County. The election will be held on December 19 (a runoff, if needed, will be January 9, 2018). This seat became open when former Senator Sean Tindell was appointed to the MS Court of Appeals by Governor Phil Bryant.

BIPEC reviews backgrounds and key positions of candidates running for the Legislature. BIPEC disseminates research findings to members and educates its membership on the impact that elected officials could have on economic growth and MS employers. It is an independent, autonomous organization and is not affiliated with any political party or candidate. BIPEC actions are limited to advocacy, candidate research and candidate recommendations. BIPEC evaluates many factors while considering recommendations including potential election unity within the business/employer community.

Carter stated, “I am truly honored to be recognized as the “Best for Business & Jobs” candidate in this election. I want to be a champion for policies that promote economic development and jobs for the residents of Senate District 49 so that the Mississippi Gulf Coat continues to be an amazing place to work and live.”

Joel is the principal broker and owner of J. Carter & Co. Real Estate & Development, one of the fastest growing real estate agencies on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He attended Gulfport High School and University of Southern Mississippi.